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Boris Johnson unveils £12bn-a-year tax rise to pay for NHS and social care

PM makes statement to MPs after cabinet agreed to 1.25 percentage point increase in national insurance contributions

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Boris Johnson has confirmed his government will impose a manifesto-busting £12bn-a-year package of tax increases from next April to tackle NHS Covid backlogs and overhaul social care.

The cabinet signed up on Tuesday morning to a controversial 1.25 percentage point increase in national insurance contributions, which will be levied on employers and employees.

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